Legendary Afro-jazz musician, Manu Dibango has died at 86 after contracting the coronavirus.
The Cameroonian, best known for his 1972 hit “Soul Makossa“, is one of the first stars to die as a result of COVID-19.
A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that he had died from the virus.
“He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region,” his music publisher, Thierry Durepaire said.
Dibango had a unique energy and love for live performance which defined his 60-year career.
He was one of the pioneers of Afro jazz and successfully fused funk with traditional Cameroonian music.
In 2019 he toured with Symphonic Safari, mixing jazz and classical music.
A strictly private funeral service will be held for him for now while a date would be announced later for a public memorial.